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Nisus Writer Express
Nisus Writer Express
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Nisus Writer Express free download for Mac

Nisus Writer Express

Version 4.2.2

Lightweight and fast word processor.

Nisus Writer Express overview

Nisus Writer Express is an affordable, feature complete word processor.

Features
  • Read and write Microsoft Word, RTF, RTFD, Nisus Writer Classic, Unicode, and plain text files.
  • Right to Left Text Input
  • Bullets and Numbering
  • LinkBack Support
  • Mix and match writing in over 180 different languages or define your own!
  • Easy to use tables
  • Flexible styles
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Exclusive Document Manager
  • Powerful find and replace
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • AppleScript and Perl macros
  • Multiple selections
  • Language sensitive smart quotes and typo fixing
  • Multiple clipboards

What’s new in version 4.2.2

Updated on Oct 01 2021

Version 4.2.2:
Changes:
  • Fixed: prevent crashes on certain newer versions of macOS.
  • Fixed: base characters can be incorrectly doubled when saving files or copy-pasting.
  • Fixed: image contextual menu commands (e.g. Markup) are incorrectly disabled on macOS Catalina and later.
  • Fixed: Learn Spelling should recheck all text.
  • Fixed: copy-pasting a single image may discard metadata (e.g. file name) in the presence of certain tools.
  • Fixed: crash when redefining paragraph style with "none" list style (or creating one based on the selection).
  • Changed: attempt to prevent hangs that can be triggered when printing and saving activity occur simultaneously.
  • Changed: prophylactic changes to prevent crash when inserting table rows.
  • Fixed: deactivating the standard color wheel panel could incorrectly trigger border edge formatting changes.
  • Fixed: changing the shading pattern for heterogeneous items should not affect fill color and other properties.
  • Fixed: irregular behaviors when changing background shading colors.
  • Fixed: if a file is modified externally and automatically reloaded by Nisus Writer, the text area may incorrectly have a black background.
  • Fixed: contextual menus to change the paragraph's writing direction do not work.
  • Changed: removed non-functional contextual menus that change the character-level writing direction.
  • Fixed: copy-paste of multi-part selections can discard styles.
  • Fixed: can't drag a list style from the Style Library.
  • Fixed: document with circular style references triggers crash.
  • Fixed: possible crash during Page View editing with multiple sections.
  • Fixed: possible crash when opening files with stylesheets with non-unique style names.
  • Fixed: possible crash when saving automatic numbers in section header/footers.
  • Fixed: prevent possible crash when pasting web content if all data is missing.
  • Additional changes are listed fully on the menu Help > Release Notes.

Information

License

Demo

Size

76.9 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.nisus.com/Express/

Downloads

46426

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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Tom-Fulery
Tom-Fulery
May 2 2017
3.5.7
2.0
May 2 2017
2.0
Version: 3.5.7
I was ready to buy Nissus Writer Express until I found that the header/footer. cannot be deleted from any page., period, That kind of idiotic design tells me this software will be a pain in the neck. Glad I didn't buy it.
Steven-Goodheart
Steven-Goodheart
Oct 29 2013
3.4.5
0.0
Oct 29 2013
0.0
Version: 3.4.5
With the Maverick’s version of Pages taking some giant steps backwards in terms of features and functions, I am now going to give this and the Pro version of Nisus Writer a hard look, since I really don’t like working in MS Word if I can avoid it.
bobembry
bobembry
Nov 27 2012
3.4.3
5.0
Nov 27 2012
5.0
Version: 3.4.3
Give it a try
X3i
X3i
Oct 29 2011
3.4
2.5
Oct 29 2011
2.5
Version: 3.4
It seems that in terms of useful features Pages from iWork9 cought up with Nisus Express. In fact like more expensive Nisus Pro, Pages have the table of contents option. And it's all for $19 , as opposed to $45/$79 Perhaps I missed something, but what's the advantage of going with Nisus Express?
Bi23500
Bi23500
Feb 13 2011
3.3.2
5.0
Feb 13 2011
5.0
Version: 3.3.2
Superb product! Great WP for the rest of us! A truly excellent WP application (and MacUpdate) share value! Worthwhile!
anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
Oct 6 2009
3.3.1
5.0
Oct 6 2009
5.0
Version: 3.3.1
This is simply the best, most tolerable interface, I've written a book with it. Five stars!
Easer
Easer
Nov 12 2008
3.1
5.0
Nov 12 2008
5.0
Version: 3.1
I was using the newest version of MS Office until I realized that, given all of the incremental updates I've had to to, my "Receipts" folder in my Library now has 164 receipts just for Office alone. That's just plain obscene to me, particularly since I have no idea what other nonsense MS manages to install on my machine. I still need Excel, so I put up with it. But I've always had good luck with Nisus, so it's back to this as my word processor of choice.
Brumm
Brumm
Oct 30 2008
3.1
0.0
Oct 30 2008
0.0
Version: 3.1
My opinion on word processors for OS X: The last days I've tested many word processors and I found Mellel to be the best so far, Mellel is not bloated like all the "Office" suites (Neo, OO, MS, are all to slow, ... for me Neo Office is the best of these beasts.) and Mellel is better than: - Nisus (Nearest competitor but Nisus doesn't support soft hyphen!, I simply cannot work without soft hyphen.), - Mariner Write (really bad font display/spacing for many years now, only english, carbon - so it needs to be rewritten for future OSX releases, will they do that? I'm unsure.) - Pages (Again no soft hyphen!, occasionally crashes and after a while gets very slow, ... but I exspect the next versions will be much better) - Papyrus (very ugly, carbon, no real testdrive possible - crippled trial version, but some interesting features - I keep an eye on it) - AbiWord (Many bugs and no updates the last 2 years, I think they don't support the Mac anymore) - Bean (really fanstatic freeware, but based on Apples buggy text-engine. No soft hyphen! So only usable for some very short texts, best freeware I've seen for many many years - of course I keep an eye on it) For now I will use Mellel. The only things that I don't like are related to the interface design, for example the round beveled look of the ruler and tools section is very outdated now, a boring all-grey mix of alien spaceship ("aqua"-style) or early iTunes versions ("metal"-style). But besides that Mellel has the best combination of features for me, so my money goes to them.
Easer
Easer
Oct 10 2007
3.0
5.0
Oct 10 2007
5.0
Version: 3.0
After being rather blasted for my comments on the recent MS Word update, I felt compelled to write a review of NWE 3.0, since no one has done that. Word may have its champions, but I am not among them. I've explored literally every Word alternative I could find, and I settled on Nisus. I have found this program to be fast, stable, and sufficiently feature-rich, particularly now that it offers text wrap with images. I'll grant that Word provides a host more features, but if you want to simply get down to the task of writing, Nisus is likely to be very satisfying. The learning curve is low, and customer support has been good. I'd like to be able to see it work with .docx files, but I'm sure that will come in time.
Neuron
Neuron
Feb 17 2007
2.7
4.0
Feb 17 2007
4.0
Version: 2.7
Great writing tool. Almost prime time, although at this point still a fantastic writing tool for basic writing, drafts, and the like. Only reason to use word for me is track changes. Also, to ensure compatibility (I opened the finished document in Word, save as Word file, then send it). Otherwise, its great, I like the interface, has most of the features I need, and is fas, responsive, and stable. A little slow to start up, though.
Lumpo
Lumpo
Oct 19 2006
2.7
0.0
Oct 19 2006
0.0
Version: 2.7
I had a meltdown with M$ Word on a Macbook and I just can't get it to run (bound to be font corruption, but alas can't fix it). I have Mellel which is quite nice but it doesn't work smoothly in terms of importing the lingua frnca (M$ word files). Nisus however, opens word files as though they were native, and saves them out the same way without complicated exporting. The only reason I ever need M$ word is when I am receiving or am required to track changes. For those occasions I open Word in windoze under parallels (runs 1000% faster than word in OSX ever did). Shuddering with relief when that's done, I return to Nisus and it does most of what i want easily. For bibliographic databases, I use Bookends. You can set it to drop references into the Nisus doc and as the default format is rtf, Bookends can scan it quickly to make a formatted doc and bibliography; this is a 2 step process whereas Mellel is 1-step. Still if Word compatability is needed, Nisus has it over Mellel ++; otherwise they both have something to offer.
Marc-Nothrop
Marc-Nothrop
Jul 1 2006
2.7
4.5
Jul 1 2006
4.5
Version: 2.7
if precision of Word compatibility is your top priority then NWX could be improved, if you're looking for a great writing tool, then Nisus is really the best option out there. No argument that the features trail Word, and even Mellel in places, but development is very active, and new features are coming thick and fast. Definitely worth a look.
Ninjaboy
Ninjaboy
Jun 27 2006
2.7
2.0
Jun 27 2006
2.0
Version: 2.7
Used this in OS Classic days as an alternative to MS Word and loved it. Even the lesser (freeware) version was good enough to write a number of report and research assignments etc. NWE for OSX, however, is a disappointment. My document looks ugly because of formatting & spacing problems, despite my best attempts to alter prefs and/or re-format my document to give it a more polished look. Footnotes seem to be causing the biggest problems and un-justifys the text by shortening line-endings (like Appleworks), but footnotes also alter the line spacing in documents too. It would be great if the Thesaurus was integrated within the app, instead of running alongside NWE as a separate app or as a plug-in (I like self-integrated apps - especially with word-processors). It pains me to say that NWE is a word-processor no more advanced than some freeware/cheaper shareware versions. Even TextEdit with Apple's Dictionary app will produce similar results (other than the footnotes, of course). I will stick with MS Word for now, but only because it produces the polished look to my documents that NWE and AppleWorks cannot produce.
Davef
Davef
Jun 20 2006
2.7
4.3
Jun 20 2006
4.3
Version: 2.7
I have been using M$ Word for the last four years and it has not been a pleasant experience. Today I took M$ Office 2004 off of my computer (its now an M$ free zone) and installed Nisus Writer Express. It is the best word processing program I have ever used. I can write the way I want to write not the way M$ Word thinks it should be done. What a breath of fresh air.
Marc-Nothrop
Marc-Nothrop
Jun 10 2006
2.7
4.5
Jun 10 2006
4.5
Version: 2.7
Keeps getting better, and at a good pace.
Nfinch
Nfinch
Jun 9 2006
2.7
0.0
Jun 9 2006
0.0
Version: 2.7
Where is the real, full-featured OSX NisusWriter?
Amergin
Amergin
May 7 2006
2.7b10
4.8
May 7 2006
4.8
Version: 2.7b10
Have used nisus since os8 days and loved it. Fell out of love with the osx version when it came out but think I am now getting to like it again as it matures into a worthwhile application. Keep up the good work!
Thirstyrobot
Thirstyrobot
Apr 8 2006
2.7b4
5.0
Apr 8 2006
5.0
Version: 2.7b4
I bought a licence for this app long ago and never once regretted it. Nisus is not Word, no. But then that's the point. If you don't need the bloat of that application and would instead work on a wordprocessor that gives you just the features you need, runs and loads faster, and saves in multiple formats (including Word), then Nisus is for you. Intel core duo users take note: Nisus is now compiled in universal binary. And the performance difference is quite noticeable.
Saurya-s
Saurya-s
Feb 24 2006
2.6.1
0.0
Feb 24 2006
0.0
Version: 2.6.1
I think it is not at all a good word processor. Even Mellel offers more feature than this. The biggest drawback is it doesn't have track changes like word. Even Apples' pages is more featured than Nisus. I am not sure if developers are trying to improve it. I guess all the fetures of word caan be implemented in a six months time, if developers are seroius about making it mac word processor. No outline mode, I am not sure about compatibility with endnote or other bib packages. S
Jim-walsh
Jim-walsh
Feb 19 2006
2.6.1
4.3
Feb 19 2006
4.3
Version: 2.6.1
I love lots of things about Nisus. Not having to save. Saving in an open format. My only *real* complaint is that it cannot make a signature line (a partial line -- underlining whitespace). The *work around* is to put a character at the rightmost end of the line.
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